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Pictured: Father-of-two stabbed to demise in east London on Saturday

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a father-of-two died when he was stabbed in Leyton, east London, on Saturday.

Josh McKay, 33, from Waltham Forest, was stabbed in the neck on Lea Bridge Road on Saturday.

Emergency services were called to the busy high street shortly before 3pm on July 6 following reports of a stabbing.

Police officers, the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended the scene, but despite their efforts, Mr McKay passed away at the scene.

Today, a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and has been taken into custody.

Josh McKay, 33, from Waltham Forest, was stabbed in the neck and killed on Lea Bridge Road on Saturday

Josh McKay, 33, from Waltham Forest, was stabbed in the neck and killed on Lea Bridge Road on Saturday

Emergency services were called to the busy high street shortly before 3pm on July 6 following reports of a stabbing (pictured: Lea Bridge Road in Leyton, east London)

Emergency services were called to the busy high street shortly before 3pm on July 6 following reports of a stabbing (pictured: Lea Bridge Road in Leyton, east London)

On Sunday, detectives arrested a 38-year-old woman on suspicion of assisting an offender and has since been released on bail. 

A post-mortem examination held today found Mr McKay’s cause of death to be a single stab wound to the neck.

In a statement released by the Met police, Josh’s family said: ‘The heart of our family has stopped beating. The world is less brighter without his beautiful smile.’

Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley from the Specialist Crime Command said: ‘Our investigation is making progress and we have now made two arrests.

‘We are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries, including a review of CCTV footage, and our colleagues from the local policing team remain in the area.

‘However, we still need your help. Two children have been left without a father. If you saw anything, or have information regarding the person who killed Josh, please do the right thing and call us or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.’

Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, today wrote on X: 'Walthamstow this is the formal plea for help to catch the killers of a young man who did so much for our community brutally murdered on Saturday'

Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, today wrote on X: ‘Walthamstow this is the formal plea for help to catch the killers of a young man who did so much for our community brutally murdered on Saturday’

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, today wrote: ‘Walthamstow this is the formal plea for help to catch the killers of a young man who did so much for our community brutally murdered on Saturday. 

‘His family are bereft and his kids now have to face life without their beloved dad.

‘This happened on Lea Bridge Road and know lots of people were around so help us bring the killer to justice- if you can help please come forward.’